Spring is around the corner and that means the Terminal City Rollergirls are ready to kick off their 8th season of roller derby with their home opener on April 5th at Kerrisdale Arena.
Roller derby is a contact racing sport where one member must try to lap the opposing team while defenders try to stop them. Teams gain
It’s an action-packed, fast-paced event that keeps you on your toes, said Terminal City Rollergirls media director Jenna Hauck.
A young league
“Our league has been around since 2006,” said Hauck, who goes by her derby name Hydro-Jenna Bomb. “We were one of the only leagues around back then, but the sport has grown immensely in the last five to six years alone.”
The game has also seen a large growth in its fan base, with attendees cheering on teams like the Faster Pussycats and Public Frenemy, who will go head-to-head in the first match of the season. The second game of the opener will see the Riot Girls go up against the Bad Reputations.
“It’s aggressive, fast, and fun,” Hauck said. “There will be music, announcers, food, and drinks. It’s noisy and it’s visually stimulating.”
Kaitlen McDermott, a.k.a. Violet Deterrent, is captain of Pubic Frenemy and was inspired to start the sport after seeing the Drew Barrymore movie Whip It.
“It looked like a lot of fun,” said McDermott, whose team drafted nine rookies into their 20-person roster for the upcoming season. “Our team gets along really well and we’re always empowering each other. We all have become really close.”
Teams have inducted new rookie skaters
The new rookie skaters have been training hard for three months, and are ready to showcase their skills.
“Everything awesome that you think it is, it will be,” said McDermott. “It’s a real sport with real rules and we do take it seriously, even though it’s a lot of fun.”
Tickets can be purchased in advance online: $15 for adults, and $10 for kids aged 6-12. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $10 for kids. Children five and under are free.